HOUSTON -- Houston Baseball used a four-run seventh inning and another complete-game performance by starter Trey Cumbie to secure an 8-3 win and even the American Athletic Conference series against Cincinnati Friday at Schroeder Park.
With the win, the Cougars notched win No. 35 for the fifth straight season under head coach Todd Whitting to move to 35-19 overall and 14-9 in American play. The 14-9 league record is good enough for a four-way tie for first place heading into the final game on Saturday.
The final home game of 2017 is Saturday. Houston and Cincinnati will wrap up the weekend series at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Schroeder Park.
- Senior Day | Honoring our lone senior LHP John King
- Salute to Service Saturday | FREE Admission with Military or Service ID
- Kids Day | inflatables, Anthem Buddies, Run Bases postgame, Autographs postgame
- Giveaway | Trading Cards Pack No. 4 to First 250 Fans (Gates open at 11 am)
HONORING SENIOR John King ON SATURDAY
- John King hails from Missouri City, Texas.
- Two-year letterwinner for the Cougars after transferring in his junior season from Angelina College.
- Played high school baseball at Clements in Sugar Land.
- Made 27 career appearances with 19 starts and has totaled 120.2 innings in his two-year career.
- Owns 3.51 ERA with three complete games and one complete-game shutout
- Has struck out 73 and walked just 19, holding opponents to a .264 average.
- Has been named American Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week twice in his career.
- Named to Kleberg Bank College Classic All-Tournament Team in 2017.
- Named to The American All-Academic Team in 2016.
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- Corey Julks has reached base in 16 straight games and Joe Davis in 14 straight.
- Jake Scheiner belted his conference-leading 15th home run of the year -- a two-run home run -- to put the Cougars ahead 3-1 in the sixth.
- Grayson Padgett drove in a career-high four RBI in the win.
- Connor Hollis belted his second career home run -- a solo home run -- to open the eighth.
- Trey Cumbie moved to 9-1 on the year with his third straight complete game performance and fourth of the year.
Top Offensive Players
Grayson Padgett | 2x4, R, 4 RBI, 2B
Corey Julks | 1x4, RBI
Jake Scheiner | 1x3, R, RBI, HR (15)
Connor Hollis | 2x3, 2 R, RBI, HR (2)
Connor Wong | 1x2, 3 R, 2 BB, SB (22)
Lael Lockhart Jr. | 1x3, R
Houston out hit Cincinnati, 10-9 in the win, led by Grayson Padgett's four-RBI day, coming on two hits, one of which was a bases-clearing double in the seventh. Jake Scheiner and Connor Hollis each homered, while Corey Julks plated a run on a base hit.
Trey Cumbie | 9.0 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
Sophomore starter Trey Cumbie was once again, lights out. The southpaw went the distance for his third straight complete game performance and fourth of the season. Cumbie improved to a conference-best 9-1 on the year after surrendering just one earned run on nine hits with no walks and four strikeouts in his 9.0-inning victory.
1st | Cincinnati took advantage of a leadoff double and fielding error to plate the game's first run.
Houston responded with the same result in the bottom half of the inning when Wong led off by reaching on a two-base error before coming around to score on an RBI-single by Padgett to make it a 1-1 game.
6th | The Cougars finally broke up the knotted game when Scheiner belted his conference-leading 15th home run of the year -- a two-run shot that scored Wong, who led off the inning with a single.
7th | Cincinnati would chip away in top of the seventh as it took advantage of a leadoff fielding error, an infield single and an RBI-groundout to make it a 3-2 game in favor of the Cougars.
Houston didn't let up as it used a big two-out, bases-clearing double by Padgett to take a 6-2 lead. Hollis opened the inning with a single, Lockhart singled and with two outs, Cincinnati chose to intentionally walk Wong, which led to a three-RBI hit by Padgett for the 6-2 lead. Julks followed up by scoring Padgett on an RBI-single up the middle for the four-run inning.
8th | Cincinnati used a leadoff double and RBI-single to score a run in the top of the eighth to make it 7-3.
Hollis led off the bottom half of the eighth with a solo home run to left field -- his second career long ball to extends Houston's lead to 8-3.
With the loss, Cincinnati fell to 28-27 on the year and 10-13 in American play. The Bearcats tallied nine hits, led by R.J. Thompson's three-hit, two run day. Starter A.J. Kullman suffered the loss, falling to 5-7 on the year after allowing six earned runs on eight hits with four walks and five strikeouts in 7.0 innings of work.
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